Alice Parker

Composer Alice Parker
Text Shirley Erena Murray
Voicing SATB chorus a cappella
Topics Christian Life, Peace (inner)
Length 3' 20" Price $2.00 (U.S.)
Released 2/02
Catalog no. 410-612 Difficulty Mod. diff.

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Come and find the quiet center
in the crowded life we lead,
find the room for hope to enter,
find the frame where we are freed:
clear the chaos and the clutter,
clear our eyes, that we can see
all the things that really matter,
be at peace, and simply be.

Silence is a friend who claims us,
cools the heat and slows the pace,
God it is who speaks and names us,
knows our being, touches base,
making space within our thinking,
lifting shades to show the sun,
raising courage when we're shrinking,
finding scope for faith begun.

In the Spirit let us travel,
open to each other's pain,
let our loves and fears unravel,
celebrate the space we gain:
there's a place for deepest dreaming,
there's a time for heart to care,
in the Spirit's lively scheming
there is always room to spare!

--Shirley Erena Murray
© 1992 Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, Ill. 60188 (for permission to reprint this text contact Hope at All rights reserved.

"...several interesting small motets. First is Alice Parker's sensitive setting of 'Centering,' an important text by New Zealand hymn writer Shirley Erena Murray on the value of quiet and silence. Parker fans will want to buy and schedule this one immediately!" --AAM Journal, September 2002

A lovely, introspective work for a cappella choir, based on Shirley Murray's meditative text. Alice Parker's subtle use of shifting meters imparts a sense of fluid, timeless serenity. Some divisi in the alto part.


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